The Other Side: Top Ten MMA Figthers Who Could Jump To Pro Wrestling
MMA is at the height of it's fad run. Fad? Yeah fad. It'll run it's coarse soon enough when people stop buying 50 dollar ppv's with a 2 minute main event. YAWN. And those fans will go somewhere, and when they do, the fighters will have to jump as well. So here are the ten MMA fighters who are best suited to make a jump to pro wrestling.
10) Tim Sylvia
At 6'8, 285 pounds he's a freak of a man. He's often been called the Shaq of the UFC. At least that's what I always called him. He's young enough to make the transition (younger then Sevren and Mongo MicMichael) and big enough to make an impact.
Also remember that he's got a natural look about him and that'll go along way.
He's this low because he's shown a lack of motivation at times.
9) Frank Shamrock
Frank Shamrock is one of those legendary what if guys. He's 37 and fans have always wanted to see him vs. his brother Ken. Well for some reason or another we'll never see it in the world of MMA, but what about pro wrestling? It's definitely a big dream match.
He's this low on the list because he's not exactly a big name, and nor does he have much cross appeal.
Though if you start him off right he'll be just as big of a name as Ken.
8) Forrest Griffin
The dude is the definition of a great character. He's funny, witty and has so much natural charisma he makes a lot of guys in pro wrestling look like cardboard cut outs.
He's a trained fighter, so naturally he wouldn't take long to make the switch. At 30, he's still very young to make a big wave in pro wrestling.
Really the only thing holding him back is his slightly above average fighting record. He's never been dominant and the only time he won a title in the UFC, he lost it the next fight he was in.
That's not going to go a long way to have wrestling fans believe he's credible. But then again, just have a few quick big wins, and that's all you need.
7) Georges St. Pierre
GSP is the guy who could come in and dominate a division like the X-Division. He's got that cocky arrogant attitude. He's so good, it's believable that he could come in and just straight destroy anyone who's around his size or even a giant.
He's so low because his accent is thick and in pro wrestling you need to be able to cut a promo.
6) Josh Barnette
Barnett get's this slot for two reasons. He's a former pro wrestler and has a passion for the business. His problem was that he wrestled over seas when their was only one major promotion in the United States. A decent offer and the right schedule would bring Barnett into the fold in the States and his abilities would make him a viable wrestler.
The only issue is, as with Frank, lack of local exposure. You'd have to go back 8 years to when he won his UFC title. And 8 years in UFC years is the span of 3 generations. So the people who watched him then are gone. And the people watching now only know him through the history books.
5) Chuck Liddell
The Iceman. He's one of the biggest cross promotional guys out there. Everyone knows his face. He's got charisma, marketing appeal and the amateur back round to adapt to the pro wrestling game.
His biggest set back is his age. He's 40, so the odds of him ever jumping is slim to none. But he'd be a name most fans would want to see.
4) Urijah Faber
Faber is someone who has immense appeal to both men and women. Men would watch him wrestle because he's a dominant and athletic fighter who could fly around the ring and drop people with punches. Women would love him because he's got boyish good looks.
His biggest draw back is the fact that he's not very big, and since weight divisions in pro wrestling are practically obsolete, there's a good chance he'd end up being misused.
3) Ken Shamrock
This one's easy. He's here because he's a wrestling legend of what if's and could be's. He could of been someone of legendary production if he only stuck with it. He's already had 3 successful stints in pro wrestling and with the MMA world being weeded out of successful company's, it's possible that Shamrock comes back for a 4th stint.
His two biggest issues have been his age, and his commitment to just one sport.
2) Rampage Jackson
This dude is someone that is made for pro wrestling. He's charismatic, sure minded, and has always acted like a pro wrestler. He's a more viable pro wrestler option then often talked about Shawn Merriman.
Rampage is big, has the nickname, and wouldn't even need to be a catch as catch can wrestler, because we've all see him throw people around.
His draw back? His promos seem to be a bit hard to understand. While a Nash, Batista-esq calm delivery might be worth it, he might need a manager.
Honorable Mention: Roger Gracie
His name would sell tickets in the wrestling world as long as he came in with his famous relative Royce. Most wrestling fans know who Royce Gracie is due to his feud with Shamrock. Imagine Royce and Roger Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock and his son Ryan Shamrock. Talk about a fun idea.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Shamrock
At 21, his natural blood lines (his father Ken, brother Frank and their foster father have no actual blood ties) with his father Ken should be a strong indication that he could be a pro wrestler if he wanted too.
A team up of Ryan and Ken would be something to see and as already mentioned previously it could bring one of the founding feuds of MMA over from their sport to pro wrestling, and that's the Shamrocks vs. the Gracies.
Dishonorable Mention: Brock Lesnar
Lesnar is nothing but money driven. If someone came up to him and offered him good money to go play cricket in some unheard of middle east city he'd take it. He has no real passion for anything. He only started pro wrestling because it was a nice way to make good money. Jumping to the NFL? Well he thought he was good. So he thought he could make more per year after his first contract then he could of in pro wrestling. But then he found out he wasn't that good.
So what does he do?
Wrestles in Japan cus they paid him good money. Then he got good money from his first MMA match. Then decent money from the UFC.
Is he a talented wrestler? Sure. But he's never cared about wrestling in a way that made me think he wanted to end his career in it. Talented fighter, but lacks the motivation to be a pro wrestler.
1) Tito Ortiz
This dude is a natural born heel. Huntington Beach Bad Boy? Yes he's 35, but he's a young 35 with at least 10 years of performance on his knees if he went to pro wrestling.
He's got natural heel charisma, talks well, and is a legit bad ass.
Also, he's always been a fan of pro wrestling and has great cross brand appeal.
He's got all the tools to be a pro wrestler, just can he overcome the age thing to show the world that.